Police are urging Deni Ute Muster patrons to pay attention to the rules before they hit the road to the iconic event.
Superintendent Paul Condon, head of the Deniliquin Local Area Command, is urging muster-goers to show restraint while they’re on the roads and at the festival, which starts on Thursday when the first wave of campers are allowed in.
“It is vital that motorists obey the road rules and drive to the prevailing weather conditions. As a driver, you owe it to yourself to ensure that your vehicle and passengers arrive safely and all return home without incident,” Supt Condon said.
"Event participants need to read the conditions of entry, prior to attending as they will be strictly enforced. This year there will be security checks at the entrance gates as well as patrols within the event camping areas.”
Changes to the festival rules this year include restrictions on alcohol allowed into the camping areas, firewood supplies and bans on propane gas canisters.
The event switched to mid-strength alcohol during the first day of the 2014 muster, a change that has stayed in place for the 2015 event.
The new strategies are hoped to increase patronage and decrease anti-social behaviour.
“This is a family-friendly event and officers from the PCYC will attend with their entertainment and community engagement bus,” Supt Condon said.
“Children are encouraged to visit the bus, speak to the officers and utilise the gaming facilities.
“NSW Police and the Ute Muster Board are working towards similar outcomes.
"We hope people have a good time at the Ute Muster, however when their good time stops someone else from having a good time, they will be asked to change their behaviour.”
“Our message is simple, if you do not want to play by the rules you will be arrested or removed from the event."
The festival winds up on Sunday.
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